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Is there an easier way? Perhaps an onoine generator, that lets you specify the text and font, and tab colour and style, and then genrate the appropriate sized finished tagged.
I know I'm being lazy, but with the number of tabs I have to create for the bars every week, it would save me hours every week, if there was one!
...and real anchor text which help in SEO...
Unless, of course, the tab text won't help in SEO. Sometimes, I'll give the client whatever they want in graphics as long as I can influence the text links... So, if they want to call a navbar link "Welcome to Our Product Page" or "About Us" or whatever, that's fine, as long as these links are graphics. I then build global text links with good anchor text for the footer section, and also add text links to other positions on the page.
It basically involves the use of PHP's image creation capabilities. The reference guide is here:
The process is quite simple...
- Create a new image with imagecreate() and get a handle to the image (the canvas)
- Create a colour palette with imagecolorallocate()
...and then plot individual pixels, shapes, text, lines etc. etc. onto the canvas to create whatever effect you want...
- Get the image stream with imagepng() (for a .png)
- Send the output of imagepng() to client
You can even have a PHP script as the src='' attribute of an <img> tag. For example:
The first line of tabletop.php is then something like:
header ("Content-type: image/png");
The output is then a .png that can form the top of a table with nice anti-aliased smooth corners.
Using this technique, you can easily experiment with different colour schemes without having to go into Photoshop every time. I only actually do this on my development server. When i'm happy with a colour scheme I run a script to go through all my "dynamic" img src's and convert them to actual .png files for publishing.
Hope this helps!